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Friday, October 22, 2004

Unambiguous Korean

나무늘보 / laiskiainen / slothJust learned a new Korean word, the meaning of which, as soon as I understood it's about an animal, I immediately understood: namunûlbo (나무늘보), "tree sluggard." I don't even know the English name for this mammal which lives in trees and moves around very slowly. This is what Korean language could be, precise and descriptive instead of all the ambiguosity.

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<Anonymous Anonymous> said on 24.10.04 : 

The English word is also an appropriate one- the sloth. This is also the word used for extreme lazyness--one of the "seven deadly sins," I think.

BTW, waht's the word in Finnish?

<Blogger Antti Leppänen> said on 25.10.04 : 

Laiskiainen, from laiska, "lazy". In Finnish, the adjective cannot be used as a noun just like that, and there are different methods of making it a noun. The ending -ainen is one.


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